Vernon R. Dowty
Vernon R. Dowty
  • January 8, 1931 - November 22, 2017
  • Ossian, Indiana

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Vernon R. Dowty, 86, of Ossian passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. He was born on January 8, 1931 in Middlebury, Indiana, a son of the late Virgil V. and Mary E. (Bloss) Dowty. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. He worked at Martin's Feed Mill in New Paris and Ossian, and later he worked for G & H Fertilizer which became Helena. He then worked various jobs around the Ossian community and most recently could be found driving truck for Ossian Packing. He was a longtime member at Grace Baptist Church, Bluffton, Indiana Cornhuskers Association, and the Wheels of Yesteryear. Vern was active in the community, serving 30 years on the Ossian State Bank board. In October 2016, Vern had the chance to go on the Honor Flight with his son, Bill, to Washington D.C. Surviving family include his wife of 64 years, Jean Dowty; son, Bill (Phyllis) Dowty; grandson, Sam (Cassie) Dowty; great grandchildren, Grayson, Raelynne, and Lyla; sister, Mary Ellen Stump; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by his brother, Dean Dowty; and two sisters, Cheri Gall and Lois Hershberger. Funeral service will be 11:00 am on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Grace Baptist Church, 1621 South 350 East, Bluffton with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 2-5 and 6-8 pm on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Bluffton.